M. Chapoutier - Chateauneuf du Pape, Bernardine Rouge 2012-13Complex and Subtle
Colour: Intense crimson-red.
Nose: Complex and subtle, blackcurrant and plum followed by roasted coffee and cinnamon, cherry, morello cherry.
Mouth: Opening into spicy (liquorice) and fruity aromas.
Fantastic with tuna fish carpaccio, all meats: marinated or in sauces, large game and all cheeses.
Grape variety: Mainly Grenache, with a proportion of Syrah and Mourvedre which are less important.
Soil: Quaternary terrace, with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhone.
Harvest: The grapes are carefully selected during the harvesting. Compulsory to obtain the Appellation, this sorting allows to have the best bunches of grapes.
Winemaking: The vinification is carried out in the traditional way in concrete tanks. This is an about three-week fermention with a high temperature to ensure an optimal extraction of the colour and tannins.
Maturing: Mainly in concrete tanks between 12 and 15 months.